February 27, 2008 (Dublin, IRELAND) – CryptoLogic Limited, a world leader in Internet gaming software, today announced the appointment of Brian Hadfield as the company’s President and CEO. Mr. Hadfield, who joined CryptoLogic as a director last year, is a senior technology executive who has managed major international businesses, including Unisys Limited’s operations in the U.K., Middle East, Africa and India. Mr. Hadfield succeeds Javaid Aziz, who has retired from corporate life to be with his family after leading the company to renewed profitability in Europe and spearheading its entry into Asia.
“Brian Hadfield brings CryptoLogic important skills at an exciting time in our growth, and he is perfectly suited to build on the strategy set by Javaid Aziz,” said Bob Stikeman, CryptoLogic’s Chairman. “Brian knows CryptoLogic, he knows how to grow a global business, and he knows how to motivate and lead a team. His experience will ensure we continue to develop innovative new software, and innovative new commercial alliances around the world.”
Mr. Aziz’s accomplishments at CryptoLogic include achieving four consecutive quarters of sequential growth, signing new licensees and making strategic investments and acquisitions in both Europe and Asia. In January, the company earned Gambling Online Magazine’s Top Casino Software Award for the third year in a row.
“In a dynamic business, it’s never an easy time to make a personal decision, but I do so with great satisfaction about CryptoLogic’s accomplishments, and great confidence in its future,” Mr. Aziz said. “CryptoLogic has achieved renewed stability and profitability in the past year, and the company is set for continued global growth in the years to come.”
Brian Hadfield: A brief profile
Mr. Hadfield held progressively more senior positions at Unisys for 21 years, culminating in a five-year assignment as managing director for the U.K., Middle East, Africa and India. In this role, he oversaw a work force that grew from 3,000 to 9,000 employees , managed the transformation from a technology to a services-based company and grew the company’s revenue by more than 23 per cent to over $1 billion, most of which was annuity based. Earlier in his career, Mr. Hadfield served as vice president for operations at the Bank of Boston. He holds non-executive directorships at various well-known organizations. Mr. Hadfield will relocate to Dublin to take on his new role at CryptoLogic.
“It’s a privilege for me to lead CryptoLogic’s exceptional team of people on three continents,” Mr. Hadfield said. “CryptoLogic has the right people, products and partnerships. And with a foundation of financial strength, CryptoLogic also has the right strategy for global growth. Together, we can take this thriving business to a new level of success.”
2007 earnings update
The audit of CryptoLogic’s 2007 financial statements is well advanced and the company will announce its fourth-quarter and year-end earnings in mid-March. In November 2007, the company indicated that it expected fourth-quarter revenue to be in the range of $17.5 – $18.5 million, with net earnings between $2.0 – $3.0 million. The board believes that these guidance numbers will be achieved or exceeded.
About CryptoLogicâ (www.cryptologic.com)
Focused on integrity and innovation, CryptoLogic Limited is a world-leading, blue-chip public developer and supplier of Internet gaming software. Its leadership in regulatory compliance makes it one of the very few companies with gaming software that has been certified to strict standards similar to land-based gaming.
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